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S&P Forecasts Negative Growth for S. Korea in 2020

Written: 2020-03-23 17:24:08Updated: 2020-03-23 18:03:09

S&P Forecasts Negative Growth for S. Korea in 2020

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Global credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s(S&P) has forecast negative growth for South Korea this year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

In an Asia-Pacific regional outlook on Monday, S&P said Asia's fourth-largest economy will contract zero-point-six percent in 2020, down from the one-point-one percent growth projection it gave just under three weeks ago. That figure was down by a half of a percentage point from its estimate last month.   

S&P said South Korea’s price growth may also drop down into negative territory at minus zero-point-four percent, while predicting an additional key interest rate cut to zero-point-five percent by the end of the year. 

Earlier, U.K.-based consultancy Capital Economics predicted South Korea will contract by one percent this year. 

S&P also forecast negative growth for some other major Asian economies, including minus one-point-seven percent for Hong Kong, minus one-point-two percent for Japan and minus zero-point-eight percent for Singapore. It said China’s gross domestic product(GDP) will slow to two-point-nine percent. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause governments, banks, companies and households in the Asia-Pacific region a combined loss of around 620 billion U.S. dollars.

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